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Parent orientation 2017
20 January, 2017

We welcome parents to the orientation programme for the parents of first-year students who have been made a firm offer of acceptance at UCT for 2017.

This is traditionally a time when parents are introduced to UCT and allows you to familiarise yourselves with how the University operates. It provides information on how the University is structured and explains what students can expect in their first year of study.

Activities include a formal welcome by the Vice-Chancellor in the Jameson Hall; library tours and meeting the faculty deans.

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Remembering the former Dean of Commerce, Professor Leon Kritzinger
21 December, 2016

Professor Leon Kritzinger, a past Head of the Department of Accounting and a previous Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at UCT, sadly passed away on Monday, 12 December 2016. He leaves his wife, Pat, four children and several grandchildren to whom we extend our heartfelt condolences.

Emeritus Professor Geoff Everingham reflected on Professor Kritzinger’s contribution to the accounting profession in South Africa:

‘Leon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1951, and began his academic career at the University of the Witwatersrand; it was at Wits that he wrote The Principles and Practice of Auditing (initially with Ian Taylor and later with George Puttick), the first book on auditing in South Africa which became the definitive work on the topic. He was appointed as Professor of Accounting at the new University of Port Elizabeth in 1965 and in 1969 as Professor of Accounting at the University of Cape Town.

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Multilingualism meets open-access in trailblazing teaching intervention
20 July, 2016

Jargon-laden subjects such as accounting are difficult to grasp in one’s first language. But when your home language is not English, it’s that much harder.In a move to better equip their students, the College of Accounting has embarked on a unique blended learning project that is both multilingual and open-access.

The initiative, called LearnAccounting, is led by Associate Professor Jacqui Kew and seeks to explain key accounting concepts in understandable terms and in students’ home languages.

“That’s why I think LearnAccounting is one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done,” said acting head of accounting Associate Professor Goolam Modack of the multilingual nature of the project. Indeed, multilingualism was a major motivator in the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority’s (Fasset) decision to fund the project.

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